Emergency Critical Care

Continuous ECG Monitoring and Telemetry

Anesthesia in animals can suppress more than voluntary movements, such as moving limbs. It also suppresses involuntary movements such as breathing. This is why, during a procedure where some types of anesthesia are administered, it is appropriate to provide mechanical or manual breathing assistance — also known as ventilation.

Ventilation can be provided by the anesthetist manually or using a mechanical ventilator (see below). In either case, the process would be accompanied by veterinary anesthesia monitoring to ensure that the animal’s breathing is fully supported while under anesthesia’s effects.

Once the patient is recovering from veterinary surgery, they are disconnected from the ventilator to begin breathing normally. If the patient does not begin breathing normally or there are other respiratory issues, mechanical ventilation for animals can be used to assist our staff.